The World’s Oldest Rodeo® is coming soon to Prescott, Arizona so we thought we’d share a little bit of history with you. On July 4, 1888 a group of Prescott merchants and professional businessmen organized the first formal “cowboy tournament.” The earliest rodeo days were mostly appealing to the local cowboys and ranchers as it was a venue where they could bring their ranch-bred skills to town for people to admire.
The modern rodeo arenas that we enjoy today were not what these cowboys had in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Prescott rodeo arena, at that time called Forbing Park off what is now Iron Springs Road, was an unimproved piece of land that was roped off to keep the broncs from running away.
The World’s Oldest Rodeo® has continued uninterrupted without missing any years since 1888, and the name was approved by the U.S. Patent Office in 1985. This beloved annual event is a significant economic benefit to the surrounding communities, and approximately 27,000 guests attend the rodeo per year. In addition, another 25,000 people visit Prescott, Arizona throughout the year. Prescott Frontier Days® Inc. has been able to support the local community with thousands donated to organizations like the Prescott Development Center, Prescott Fine Arts, Prescott Schools, Sharlot Hall Museum, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Make a Wish Foundation, United Way, Toys for Tots and many others.
This year marks 132 years of World’s Oldest Rodeo® and you can be a part of this cowboy experience on July 1st through the 7th. You do need tickets to attend, but you can purchase them by clicking here.
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